You will recall that I made gin a couple of weeks ago. It wasn’t horrible, as the label proudly proclaims, but I wanted to see if I could make a more nuanced version.
To that end, I took one of my new, handy-dandy Field Notes Brand “Dime Novel” editions and began taking meticulous notes—as opposed to just dumping stuff into vodka like I did last time.
With that strategy, I think I was more successful. I now have a recipe that I can reuse if I decide this is a good one.
Mostly, it is a good one. Whereas the first one was almost overpowered by the lovage and had a huge bitter finish, this one is more herbal and has an interesting wood note as a finish.
That would be because as I finished up steeping the botanicals (gentian, angelica, lemon zest, lovage, coriander, burdock, and star anise), I rediscovered a jar of what I think is tincture of cedar chips. I boldly added 30 ml of that to the mix, and lo! it makes a lovely difference.
So here’s Dale’s Gin No. 2. Not objectionable at all.